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Routes in The Slab

A Little Slab'll Do Ya S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Chuckwalla Slab S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Crab On A Slab S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Slab Happy S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Slab Line S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Slab One S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Slab Stick S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Slab-A-Dab-A-Doo S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Slabbing It S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Slabby S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Slabracadabra S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Slabulous S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Smear Campaign S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Streak on the Slab S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
To Slab or Not S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

Located a couple hundred feet left of the Tuna and Chips Wall, The Slab is exactly as it sounds, a slab. At one point in its history The Slab was predominately top rope only and contained just a handful of climbs. Over time it has grown into a full blown sport crag. It hosts climbs from 5.5 to 5.10, the majority of which trend toward the lower end of that range. The Slab offers entry level sport climbing with one of the shortest approaches in the 03-First Pullout (Calico I). Several easy routes (e.g. Slab One, Slab Line, and To Slab or Not) make this a great area for beginners.

The Slab Wall started out with only one bolted route (Smear Campaign) put up by Jason Martin, Mark Fulmer, and Glen Owen in 2007; and three top-rope routes/anchors put up by Mark Limage and Jake Burkey (originally referred to as Slab #1, Slab #2, and Slab #3 in Jason Martin's 2009 guidebook, Fun Climbs Red Rocks, but now Slab One, Slab Line, and To Slab or Not). Seeing the potential of the wall, Gene Scott added eleven new lines and also bolted the top-ropes as leadable sport climbs.

Some of the rock at the slab is suspect. Hollow and or flexing flakes of rock can be found on the lower and mid level portions of some of the routes. A helmet would not be unwarranted for the belayer as these routes continue to clean up.

Top Rope Access Anchor

There is an anchor on the upper ridge above The Slab roughly in line with the center of the wall. It can be used to rappel to the shelf were several of the sport anchors are located to setup top ropes sans leading the routes. Keep in mind that not all finishing anchors found here can be accessed by utilizing this anchor as some dip off the edge of the shelf and others are not located on it at all. Hiking out far left then up the ridge to get to the anchor is about a 10-15 minute endeavor.

Getting There

For those familiar with the area

Approach as per the Tiger Stripe Wall but continue uphill and around and down into the wash behind it. Alternatively approach as per Tuna and Chips Wall and head left after reaching its base until you come across a large water streak. This is the right most edge of The Slab.

For those unfamiliar with the area


You will head downhill from the first pullout parking lot. Make a left at the fork (Defined by a trail marker), continuing downhill. At a small wash the trail breaks hard left, winding through the slope coming down from the road.... as well as trending right and uphill. YOU will trend right here going back uphill through braided trails with a large tiger striped rock formation on your right (Tiger Stripe Wall ).

At the top of this hill you will find your self on a much more defined ridge trail with a good size gully/wash on your right The Slab should be easily visible out to your right framed by a prominent water streak at the crags far right and a large cave in the top center. Scrambling down into the gully will take you to the base of the climbs. (10 min)

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Nicholas Gillman
Las Vegas
Nicholas Gillman   Las Vegas
Replaced my original beta/topo pic with an updated high res version (the max MP allows) in hopes of greater clarity on the app / tablets ect...Cheers. Jul 4, 2015
In addition to the routes shown on the photo-topo, there are two bolted lines immediately left of Smear Campaign, both about 5.8. Nov 4, 2015
Nicholas Gillman
Las Vegas
Nicholas Gillman   Las Vegas
This area has undergone significant development and Ive gone thought and refined/updated it accordingly. I also added a high res beta pic. Cheers. Jun 13, 2016
JJ Parker
Lino Lakes, MN
JJ Parker   Lino Lakes, MN
This is a great area for beginners. The approach is easy, the climbing is relaxed. We made a family trip out to Red Rock and set a few ropes here. The kids had a blast! Mar 15, 2018

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